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  1. AZwildcat

    U-2 Dragonlady info

    Just another day at the office... The U-2 Spy Plane Is Still Flying Combat Missions 60 Years After Its Debut
  2. AZwildcat

    Columbus T-38 down

    Realistically, this jet is going to be flying well past 2030, both As and Cs, especially as the T-X continues to slide to the right. Rumor is ACC is starting to move on upgrading the A models to the MB. I hope it happens for all the aforementioned reasons. The other issue is the avionics though....it's the oldest cockpit in the AF and I would argue it no longer meets acceptable standards to safely operate in the NAS, and certainly not without and iPad. ACC is upgrading the A model IFF to comply with the 2020 FAA ADS-B out mandate (spoiler alert: they won't meet it), however the IFF is a self contained unit that will know it's own GPS position for ADS-B out, but will not tell you the pilot where you are nor will it integrate with anything else. No plans for upgraded avionics. Dual UHF is a joke and frankly embarrassing. I'd like to see a paired down version of what NASA has done as an avionics upgrade for the A. Keep it simple, AHARS only, single MFD, simple GPS, output position data to ForeFlight on the iPad, place to mount Stratus 2S, VHF radio, speed brake light, some kind of digital track logging for ADAIR (probably can use fore flight/stratus for that). Anyone flown a NASA T-38?
  3. AZwildcat

    Columbus T-38 down

    4000 hrs, the hard way! Back when flying was dangerous and sex was safe! No hate on the Northrop seat, it is what it is and it’s worked as advertised for many many years, but...the MB is more capable and has saved lives where the old seat wouldn’t. There’s a reason AETC upgraded, and for the cost of some budget dust it’d be nice to see the A models get the same treatment.
  4. AZwildcat

    Columbus T-38 down

    That’s the truth
  5. AZwildcat

    Columbus T-38 down

    I really hope the Martin Baker makes it into the A models...
  6. AZwildcat

    It's Official, OCPs are Coming!

    Just got back from the AOR and It's already a uniform bonanza out there. Between ABUs, OCPs, Army OCPs, OCP Flight Suits, Normal Tan Flight Suits....and the best part is no one seemed to give a shit what you were wearing, which was refreshing.
  7. AZwildcat

    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Very basic math shows that if the AF was to pay every single active duty, guard and reserve pilot an extra $100K/year that would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $2.1B / year. The FY 19 AF budget is $156 B. So for a roughly 1.3% reallocation of funds the AF could be competitive with airline pay. Obviously that's very simplistic, but you get the point. Don't piss on my leg and tell me it's raining AF...if you value your people you need to start paying them like it. The AF just spent over $1B on NG to tell us that a square peg sensor doesn't fit on a round hole Global Hawk. GMAFB. We have the money. People say it isn't about the money...they're lying. QoL is a big factor, but there's a lot more you're willing to put up with to keep flying cool jets at the right price.
  8. AZwildcat

    Israeli Viper Shot Down in Syria

    Interesting how little media attention this has: Israel Believes Syria Strikes Took Out Nearly Half of Assad’s Air Defenses
  9. AZwildcat

    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    http://www.airforcemag.com/Features/Pages/2018/February 2018/USAF-to-Grow-Out-of-Pilot-Crisis-by-Increasing-Training-Not-by-Competing-with-Airlines.aspx http://www.airforcemag.com/DRArchive/Pages/2018/February 2018/February 15 2018/USAF-Losing-700-T-6-Flights-Per-Day-While-Fleet-is-Grounded-Growing-Out-of-the-Pilot-Crisis-Making-Space-a-Priority.aspx
  10. AZwildcat

    U-2 Dragonlady info

    Making ISR great again
  11. AZwildcat

    T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    That damn zeolite dust...it'll getcha
  12. AZwildcat

    What is right with the Air Force

    One U-2 squadron wants to be the Silicon Valley of the Air Force ”[Air Force Chief of Staff] Gen. [David] Goldfein has told me as a commander to get ready for the fight. I cannot succeed at the mission that he’s laid out for me if I wait on the Air Force to give me the answers,” Lt. Col. Matt Nussbaum, commander of the 99th Reconnaissance Squadron, told Defense News in a Nov. 30 interview at Beale AFB in California. https://www.defensenews.com/air/2017/12/08/one-u-2-squadron-wants-to-be-the-silicon-valley-of-the-air-force/
  13. AZwildcat

    Air Force to begin testing enlisted pilots

    Right? Someone literally just asked a question at a CSAF all-call about enlisted pilot opportunities and he said not right now, because we have a retention problem, not a recruiting problem...there is no shortage of people willing to raise their hand to fly So WTFO? What problem are we trying to fix again?
  14. Thankless work no doubt. At least you guys are aware and trying to get ahead of the power curve. I've been trying to get the U-2 flight manuals folks to add hyperlinks in the PDFs for a year now. And yes once paper finally does go away it opens up lots of new possibilities for how flight manuals and checklists are constructed and displayed. It would be great if ACC would throw money at developing an awesome checklist app or something like that but I'll believe it when I see it...like you eluded to once they realize that cost savings I'm sure that money will go somewhere else in a hurry. I think we'll be stuck with PDFs for checklists for a while.
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